Saturday, May 26, 2018

Korean Meetings Back In Play

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

President Donald J. Trump is the first American President to get North Korea talking.  Since Trump has begun working on getting North Korea's Kim Jong Un to talk, the North Korean dictator has met with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.  Then, suddenly, after Kim Jong Un met with China, the rhetoric began sounding like the planned meeting between Trump and Un may not take place.

Then, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting at the demilitarized zone today, indicating that the meeting was aimed at keeping inter-Korean relations, and a possible summit between Mr. Kim and President Donald Trump, on track.

The two-hour meeting, the fourth in history between leaders of the two Koreas, was only possible because of the work of President Trump.  Trump's aim is to bring North Korea back into the community of nations, and in turn rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

A meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but after a meeting with China, the North Korean dictator made it look like the meeting may not take place.

Nonetheless, according to the White House, plans are still being made for the meeting, with a team departing for the site tomorrow to prepare should the summit take place.  Today's meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas might be telling us that Un may be back on again for a meeting with Trump . . . or, it may mean the two Korean leaders may be willing to seek peace without the American President.

The meeting between the current North Korean and South Korean leaders was the second time for those two to meet.  Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, met with South Korea’s presidents in 2000 and 2007, both times in Pyongyang.  Prior to the 2000 meeting, there had been no meetings between the leaders of the two countries since the split of Korea in 1945.  At the time Korea had been split into two zones, the northern Soviet zone and the southern American zone, after 35 years of Japanese occupation, and the end of World War II.

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